Sylvia Brownrigg was born in northern California and grew up there and in England. She has a degree in philosophy from Yale University. She is the author of a collection of short stories, Ten Women Who Shook the World, and a recent novel, The Metaphysical Touch, and has also written reviews for many publications, including The New York Times and The Times Literary Supplement. She currently lives in London, where she is at work on a novel.
Raymond Carver (1938–1988) was born in Clatskanie, Oregon. His first collection of stories, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?, was a finalist for the 1977 National Book Award. It was followed by What We Talk About When We Talk About Love and Cathedral, a finalist for the 1984 Pulitzer Prize. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1988, and his compilation of stories Where I’m Calling From was a finalist for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize.
George Makana Clark is from Zimbabwe, of British and Xhosa heritage. His collection of short stories, The Small Bees' Honey, was published in 1997, and his fiction has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Glimmer Train, Southern Review, Black Warrior Review, Massachusetts Review, Apalachee Quarterly, Georgetown Review, and other publications. He is currently at work on a novel and teaches English at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He lives in Lafayette, Louisiana.
John Fulton teaches writing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His stories have appeared in The Oxford American and The Quarterly and are forthcoming in The Southern Review, The Florida Review, and Confrontation. He is at work on a novel.
Adam Haslett's work has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, BOMB, and The James White Review. His first collection of short stories will be published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday. "Notes to My Biographer" was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction.
Ivan Klíma was born in 1931 in Prague, where he still resides. During the Prague Spring he edited the journal of the Czech Writer's Union. He is the author of plays, stories and novels, all of which were first published outside his country, where his work was banned until a few years ago. His books include A Shop Named Hope, My Merry Mornings, Love and Garbage, My Golden Trades, The Spirit of Prague, Judge on Trial, Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light, Lovers for a Day (a collection of stories), and The Ultimate Intimacy, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1998.
Chris Offutt is the author of two books of short stories, Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods. He has published a novel, The Good Brother, and a memoir, The Same River Twice. He is currently working on a book of nonfiction about Kentucky and teaching at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
John Son was raised mostly in Texas, and currently lives and works in New York City. This is his first published story.
Tony Walton is a Tony-, Emmy-, and Oscar-winning designer of sets and costumes for film and theater. His nineteen films include work with Bob Fosse, Sidney Lumet, Mike Nichols, Ken Russell, Volker Schlöndorff, and François Truffaut. His graphic work includes many book and magazine illustrations and caricatures for Playbill, Theatre Arts, and Vogue, and he has designed posters and logos for many Broadway and West End shows. He has co-produced six plays and musicals in London, designed and directed The Importance of Being Earnest and Major Barbara at the Irish Repertory Theatre, and directed Noël Coward's Song of Twilight for the Bay Street Theatre, for which he also frequently designs.